Welcome to the NT Mental Health Coalition

The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition (NTMHC) is the peak body for community managed (NGO) mental health sector in the Northern Territory. The NTMHC has a network of around 200 individuals, organisations and stakeholders including a membership of about 35 organisations across the Northern Territory. The NT Mental Health Coalition is a full member of the Mental Health Australia (MHA) and a founding member of Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA). NTMHC engages and consults regularly with the NGO community mental health sector, its’ members and stakeholders through workshops, surveys, forums, one on one discussions, social media, events such as Mental Health Week promotion, phone and email contact.


The NT Mental Health Coalition would like to warn all member organisations of a current email scam requesting change of bank account details for invoices due for payment. If you would like further information please call Vanessa or Roma on 8948 2246.

Latest News

Release of the Final Report of the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Service Review 2017

The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Service Review 2017 has now been completed. A forum for all interested stakeholders was held on 22 January in Darwin. This was an opportunity to discuss the findings and recommendations of the review. A further forum was held in Alice Springs on 15 March. To view the final report click here
NT Mental Health Coalition article on Croakey (independent, in-depth social journalism for health) 19 January 2018 about the mental health and suicide prevention service review undertaken for the Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NTPHN). Click here

Darwin Mental Health Network Meeting

Hosted by Carers NT & supported by MHPN

The Darwin Mental Health Network is an information sharing and networking opportunity for Workers within the Mental Health Sector. At the next event, Chez Pilkington, Program Manager will present information about the HASI – Housing Assistance Support Initiative.

Date: Tuesday 21st August 2018
Start: 1:00 pm
Close: 3:00 pm
Venue: Carers NT, 59 Bayview Blvd, Bayview

Topic: HASI – Housing Assistance Support Initiative
Speaker: Chez Pilkington, HASI Program Manager

Click here to download the flyer

Optimising Support for Psychosocial Disability

Mental Health Australia is managing an exciting project which aims to develop alternative ways to provide support for NDIS participants with psychosocial disability than those currently on offer at this stage of NDIS rollout. Over the coming months, Mental Health Australia will be working with consumers, carers and other experts through a Delphi process to refine a set of alternative typical support packages. To learn more click here

TeamHEALTH’S NDIS WoW Support Coordination Training – Darwin

Get your Support Coordination skills up to scratch with TeamHEALTH’s award winning, tried and tested, NDIS CREW Training, 4th June 2018. The NDIS WoW training will provide you with the tools and technical skills required to provide NDIS Support Coordination (Level 2). To learn more click here. To register click here

The Economic Benefits for Australia of Investment in Mental Health Reform

At Mental Health Australia the vision is for mentally healthy people, and mentally healthy communities. A new report, released 1 May, Investing to Save, presents a major contribution towards that vision. It shows how we can, with the right targeted investments, improve the mental health of our community, and in turn the mental wealth of the nation. Read the report here

‘Short-sighted’: NDIS harming mental health services, report warns

Funded by SalvoConnect and MentalHealth Victoria, Mind the Gap: NDIS and Psychosocial Disability — The Victorian Story, warns critical community mental health services are being decommissioned to fund the NDIS, leaving many people with serious or severe mental health issues without essential services until they need acute or clinical care, The Age 25 March 2018. To view the report click here

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (NATSILMH)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (NATSILMH) are launching two important documents for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention, to mark National Close the Gap Day 2018. The first is NATSILMH’s Health in Culture – Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration Implementation Guide. Click here
The second is NATSILMH’s Health in Culture – Policy Concordance. Click here
The value of the Policy Concordance is that it will now be possible to ascertain what documents as diverse as the Fifth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, the Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Framework, the Cultural Respect Framework, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan and the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration, among many others, require of Australian Governments, PHNs and the mental health system overall. The Concordance aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the mental health space and our communities by providing this important accountability tool.

Mental Health Coordinating Council Resources.

The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) has developed two easy-to-use resources to support mental health and human services ensure that any event or activity that they facilitate, such as a conference, workshop, seminar, consultation, training or meetings, follow trauma-informed principles. These resources aim to promote a supportive culture that encourages collaboration and trust between the host organisation, presenters and attendees. To view resources click here

National Indigenous Critical Response Service (NICRS)

The National Indigenous Critical Response Service (NICRS) has been funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, to provide a critical response to support individuals, families and communities affected by suicide-related or other trauma that is culturally responsive to their needs and to strengthen community capacity and resilience in communities where there have been high levels of suicide to better recognise and respond to critical incidents and strengthen service system coordination. To learn more click here

My Life My Lead

Opportunities for strengthening approaches to the social determinants and cultural determinants of Indigenous health: Report on the national consultations December 2017. For more information click here
To view the report click here

NT Office of Disability Workshops

The Office of Disability is excited to announce a range of sector development workshops in 2018. These sector development workshops will support your organisation to deliver services that are flexible and tailored to individual strengths and needs. You can register your attendance at here

Mental health needs community-driven, whole-of-government responses

What do federal government policy initiatives look like when they ‘trickle down’ to individual groups, communities and people? Inevitably they will have different implications in different situations.
A recent roundtable in the remote Northern Territory town of Tennant Creek was convened amidst intersecting policy changes, including those addressing mental health, disability and the delivery of primary care.
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Providing $47 million for suicide prevention work across Australia

The Turnbull Government will provide a $47 million boost to front-line services for suicide prevention and directly address a growing community need.  Services will be available right across Australia and will include training for at risk families and support groups,...

How To Get The NDIS on Track

NDS has released its paper ‘How to get the NDIS on track’ which makes strong recommendations on the necessary way forward for the NDIS.
Click here

Journal of Mental Health

Understanding Advocacy Practice in Mental Health: a Multidimensional Scalogram Analysis of Case Records
Click here

National Rural Health Alliance NT

The reported prevalence of mental illness in rural and remote Australia appears similar to that of major cities. Access to mental health services are substantially more limited than in major cities. Tragically, rates of self-harm and suicide increase with remoteness. To view the latest Mental Health Fact Sheet click here

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2018/2019 Federal Budget

Liz Crowther,Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) President welcomes measures in the 2018/2019 Federal Budget. There are still questions around how the measures will work in practice. To view the CMHA Budget media release click here

Mental Health Australia (MHA) welcomes important new investments in mental health programs and services. To view the Mental Health Australia Budget Summary click here



2nd Annual Mental Health & NDIS Conference

Mental Health Policy, Practice & Reform:
Getting It Right In A Time Of Change

31 October – 1 November 2018
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
For more information click here



For a link to the accredited Mental Health First Aid instructors in the Northern Territory click here
For a link to accredited Mental Health First Aid instructors Nationwide click here

Invitation to join free Online Peer Support Forums

– in partnership with SANE Australia Click on the banner to go directly to the SANE forum web page. The SANE Forums are a safe, anonymous online community for people living with mental illness and their families, friends and carers. Thousands of Australians use the Forums everyday to support each other and share their experiences. SANE Australia is inviting NTMHC members to join this free program, simply by integrating the service into their websites. These partnerships with community mental health organisations are vital for reaching the Forums into metropolitan, regional and rural communities around Australia, as well as providing users with diverse expertise, information, resources and referrals.  To express interest in the program, please contact: Syl Jenson Partnership Manager – SANE Australia M: 0416 811 272 E: sylvia.jenson@sane.org